Firefox 16.0.1 Released With Critical Bug Fixes About User History Leakage

Firefox updated to version 16

Yesterday, a security vulnerability in the newly released Firefox 16 was discovered. The installer of Firefox 16 was taken off from the download page. Mozilla had promised that they would release the new version of Firefox 16 with the security fixes. They seem to have fulfilled their promise and Firefox 16.0.1 is now available for download.

Here’s the description of the vulnerability which was discovered in the browser:

The vulnerability could allow a malicious site to potentially determine which websites users have visited and have access to the URL or URL parameters.  At this time we have no indication that this vulnerability is currently being exploited in the wild.

Here’s the update from Mozilla security blog:

Update (Oct 11, 2012)

  • An update to Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux was released at 12pm PT on Oct 11. Users will be automatically updated and new downloads via http://www.mozilla.org/firefox/new/ will receive the updated version (16.0.1).
  • A fix for the Android version of Firefox was released at 9pm PT on Oct 10.

Although Firefox will automatically updated to the latest version but if you want to download it locally, here are the direct download links to the installers:

Firefox 16.0.1 stable for Windows

Firefox 16.0.1 stable for Mac OSX

Firefox 16.0.1 stable for Linux

And follow this link if you want to install a multilingual version of Firefox.